Ode to Autumn


You are bold as brass Autumn; a true English eccentric who won’t drop your hemline when the temperature plummets. You are an inspiration to us all! Tis the season to set forth in witty apostrophes, like my eighties roller boots and jaunty ‘mother of the bride’ fascinator. To celebrate your arrival, I will be investing in a pair of Spats wellies and a talking umbrella, like the one in Mary Poppins that tells when I’m over my overdraft limit.

I fancy you rotten, Autumn: you are as tasty as a baked potato on bonfire night! I gorge senselessly on you while watching Homeland, and fantasising about being sodomised by Damien Lewis.

Charlotte Raven


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To Autumn


How beautiful the season is now – How fine the air. A temperate sharpness about it. Really, without joking, chaste weather – Dian skies – I never lik'd stubble fields so much as now – Aye better than the chilly green of spring. Somehow a stubble plain looks warm – in the same way that some pictures look warm – this struck me so much in my Sunday's walk that I composed upon it.

John Keats  in a letter to his friend J.H. Reynolds.


Keats wrote "To Autumn" on September 19, 1819, at the height of his skill. He had just returned from a stroll near the town of Winchester in Hampshire, England. 

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Lou Reed




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DH Lawrence's Women in Love

...'Joyce and Lawrence are polar opposites: Joyce of the school of Flaubert, highly architectural, a French polisher of language, prepared to give a week to find the words to make the phrase he wants, and then another to their rearrangement; Lawrence impressionistic and impulsive, over-fluid and repetitive sometimes, appearing merely to sketch approximations of meaning, at others finding expression which answers to Shelley's description of Wordsworth's imagination - "new creating" what it sees. For Lawrence everything was forever up for discovery. A new world, new feelings, and a new language in which to apprehend them'...


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James Weldon Johnson


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Colonialism: Palestine


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A Driver

Linux device driver partition

A driver drives, manages, controls, directs and monitors the entity under its command. What a bus driver does with a bus, a device driver does with a computer device (any piece of hardware connected to a computer) like a mouse, keyboard, monitor, hard disk, Web-camera, clock, and more.


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Kim De Gelder


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Ken Russell is dead



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James Joyce





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Colonialism: Haiti

According to Paul Farmer, the US administration dismantled the constitutional system, reinstituted virtual slavery for building roads, and established the National Guards that ran the country by violence and terror after the Marines left.

It also made massive improvements to infrastructure: 1,700 kilometres (1,100 mi) of roads were made usable; 189 bridges were built; many irrigation canals were rehabilitated; hospitals, schools, and public buildings were constructed, and drinking water was brought to the main cities. Sisal was introduced to Haiti, and sugar and cotton became significant exports. The U.S. Marines supervised the operations of a client Haitian government, and emphasized American-style modernization of the infrastructure and universal education. Haitian traditionalists were highly resistant to these changes while the urban elites wanted more control. Together they helped force an end to the occupation in 1934. President Herbert Hoover sent a commission that set up a plan of withdrawal that was achieved under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The first step was a gradual, systematic turnover of government functions to the Haitian government; in 1934 it took control of the Garde and the Marines departed. The debts were still outstanding and the American financial advisor-general receiver handled the budget until 1941.

In 1915, Philippe Sudré Dartiguenave was elected president. He was succeeded by Louis Borno in the 1922 elections. Borno worked closely with the Americans. Aware that many Haitians did not speak French, he was the first president to authorize the use of Creole in the education system. Recognition of the distinctive traditionalism of the Haitian people had a sharp impact on black writers in the U.S. (as well as white writers exploring black themes), including Eugene O’Neill, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and Orson Welles. 





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Kate Bush – James Joyce

James Joyce

Kate Bush gets permission to for song based on James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’



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Frozen waves

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Frida Kahlo


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Pablo Neruda


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Cyrano de Bergerac

Edmond Rostand, author of Cyrano de Bergerac




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Germany occupation zones

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The US occupation of Japan

81st ID in Operation Olympic

MacArthur administered "a censorship bureaucracy that extended into every aspect of public expression". Between 1945-49, US censors checked 330 million pieces of mail and monitored 800,000 private phone conversations! Newspapers, books, public broadcasting and cinema were heavily censored. A Tokyo stage show in which one of the cast sang ‘how can we have democracy with two emperors?’ (ie Hirohito and MacArthur) was banned. Taboo subjects included criticism of the US, criticism of the emperor, food shortages, the black market, warnings about World War III, fraternisation and ‘mixed blood children’, and references to censorship. While the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not officially proscribed subjects, eye-witness accounts and other reports were suppressed. Dower notes, "for over six years, Japanese scientists and doctors... were denied access to data that might have assisted them in communicating to and helping atomic-bomb victims".


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Haiti: The US Occupation, 1915-1934




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Johnny Cash

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Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, 1969

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UK arms and controlled sales to the Middle East

All strategic export licenses
Total value of military & military/other licences
Examples of products sold Q4 2009 to End Q3 2010
Algeria 270,262,166 270,008,961 5 Combat helicopters
Bahrain 6,361,444 3,063,425 45 Aircraft parts; assault rifles; tear gas; ammunition
Egypt 16,804,843 4,007,966 31 Bombs, missiles, body armour,
Iran 424,174,977 0 0 Non-military such as civil aircraft components, imaging cameras
Iraq 476,555,614 4,772,784 31 Body armour, weapon sights, gun parts
Israel 26,733,874 4,639,459 91 Armoured plate, gas mask filters, signalling equipment, radar equipment
Jordan 20,972,889 11,994,142 51 Armoured vehicles, gun parts, gas mask filters
Kuwait 14,487,907 6,473,940 38 Anti-riot shields; patrol boats; military software
Lebanon 6,206,142 784,282 5 Body armour; shotguns
Libya 214,846,615 33,899,335 25 Ammunition; crowd-control equipment; tear gas
Morocco 2,165,881 1,149,102 18 Bomb-making parts; 'swarming' ropes; thermal imaging equipment
Oman 13,986,422 9,361,120 122 Combat aircraft parts; parts for unmanned 'drones'; tank parts
Qatar 13,122,884 3,875,753 22 Crowd-control ammunition; military cargo vehicles; missile parts
Saudi Arabia 139,718,960 64,311,296 98 4-wheel drive vehicles; armoured personnel carriers, air surveillance equipment
Syria 2,676,460 30,000 1 Small arms ammunition
Tunisia 4,504,745 131,273 10 Radar equipment; gun parts
United Arab Emirates 210,415,462 15,890,384 152 Military software; heavy machine guns; weapon sights
Yemen 285,247 160,245 4 Body armour; ammunition
Total 1,864,282,532 434,553,467 749  

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9th anniversary of Arafat's death

Palestinians hold posters and candles as they commemorate the death of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat at the Damascus Gate in the Old City of al-Quds (Jerusalem) on November11, 2013.

Nov 11, 2013

Thousands of Palestinians have marked the ninth death anniversary of the late leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Yasser Arafat.

Carrying portraits of Arafat, the Palestinians marched in several cities in the occupied West Bank to commemorate his demise on Monday.

On November 5, a Swiss laboratory investigating Arafat's death submitted the results to representatives of his widow, Suha Arafat, as well as representatives of the Palestinian Authority (PA). 

The Swiss scientists, who tested samples taken from Arafat's corpse, said the tests showed "unexpected high activity" of polonium-210, which "moderately" supported the poisoning theory. 

The scientists -- from the Vaudois University Hospital Centre (CHUV) in Lausanne, Switzerland -- carried out a detailed examination of Arafat's medical records, samples taken from his remains, which were exhumed in November of last year, and items he had taken into the hospital in Paris where he died. 

David Barclay, a British forensic scientist who had studied the report, said, "The report contains strong evidence, in my view conclusive evidence, that there's at least 18 times the level of polonium in Arafat's exhumed body than there should be." 

Many Palestinian officials believe that Israel poisoned Arafat.


'No PA-Israel deal better than bad one': PA official


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Vivien Leigh, born 100 years ago

Vivien Leigh was born 100 years ago, on 5 November 1913.

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Beer for Indians

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Black struggle and sacrifice paved way for all

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Italian Immigrants

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